Dillon Gee allowed one unearned run, six hits and a walk while striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday against the Twins.
He is third in the National League with a 2.27 ERA since May 30, trailing only Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw.
In his 15 starts since May 30, Gee has allowed two earned runs or less 12 times, owns a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk-ratio, and has held opponents to a .232 average and .276 on-base percentage.
“I’m throwing the ball probably the best I’ve really ever thrown it,” Gee said after the game, according to ESPN New York.
In 25 starts this season overall, Gee has a 3.60 ERA, while striking out 114 and walking 39 batters through 152 2/3 innings.
Michael Baron, ContributorA huge key for Gee over these last 15 starts has been command of the change-up. That command was basically non-existent over the first two parts of the season – it wasn’t staying in the strike zone long enough on it’s path to the plate, and hitters were basically spitting on it for balls. Now, it falls off the table just before reaching the hitting zone, and it’s deadly, especially against left-handed hitters.
The talk has always been about how Gee doesn’t have “great stuff.” While I think that is ordinarily true, his change-up helps make his stuff so much better when it’s on. It’s a special pitch for him, and not only does it give him the four weapons he needs to be a successful Major League pitcher, it gives him an out pitch he can turn to either for a strikeout or weak contact. It’s a feel pitch, and he clearly is in an outstanding groove with it at this point in the season. It has helped make him into a reliable, mid-rotation starter, giving the Mets options as they look ahead to the future.